Hat Yai Municipal Park
Hat Yai Municipal Park
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Fredric John
Dubai, United Arab Emirates848 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023
A lot to explore in this park. I only went to the eastern side of the park where I saw the lagoon and some Hindu statues. It was a pleasant experience while walking around the municipality park.

I didn't have enough time that day so I didn’t want to visit the other tourist attractions that they offer. It was also a picnic and recreation place for some locals.

There was no entrance fee so everyone could visit.
Written 19 November 2023
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SiEJRhino
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We went there at 3pm, it was hot but the scene is great. Im not a buddhist so I really didn't appreciate the statues but it is still a good place to visit in Hat Yai. Getting up there requires a Tuktuk or Grab Car.
Cable Car is just a short trip.
Written 7 January 2020
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李智优
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia50,867 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Big Guan Yin Statue at the mid way. Top hill provides good town view at morning & evening. Cable car service is avaliable to the top hill, famous four face buddha
Written 25 October 2020
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Patrik L
Uppsala County, Sweden261 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Not very much to do there, but a great view over Hat Yai. There is a temple there which I didn't visit and a cable car up a hill which I also didn't do. Probably quite hard to get to if you don't have friends in the town. Nice wak down the hill though.
Written 2 February 2020
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myloismylife
KL143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is very similar to Kuala Lumpur Lake Garden - with manmade lake, beautiful garden and lush greenery. The main attraction in this park are the Brahman shrine, Guan Yin Pavilion and statues of big belly laughing Buddha, hillside Jade Emperor and hilltop Buddha. The distance from the entrance to the hilltop is roughly 2 km.

The road to the peak of the park is tarred. But, it was an uphill and tiring task ‘climbing’ the snaky and steep road. After walking for nearly 1km, I reached the Guan Yin's Pavilion. Next, I saw a big, fat statue of laughing Buddha also known as Budai 布袋 . I walked for another 10 minutes before reaching the hilltop.

The view from the hilltop is UNBELIEVABLE!! You can see virtually the entire Hat Yai and Songkhla from here! But, I was unlucky. It was a gloomy and cloudy afternoon. I can see the cities but it was not clear enough. It must be an excellent viewpoint during clear sunny days.

Feel free to visit my photo blog & travelogue for more pictures of Hat Yai Municipal Park:
myloismylife.blogspot.com
Written 12 September 2009
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exli
Melaka13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
How much is the tuk tuk from hadyai city centre to the hat yai park? anyone got reliable tuk tuk whom I can charter to go other places as well?i will b going in November
Written 13 October 2014
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore9,241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
Hatyai Municipal Park is located about 6 km from Hatyai Central. But it is very cheap to reach there. You just need to take a songthaew (white in color) at Honda building near the vicinity of Kim Yong Market and it cost only 10 bahts for the 6 km ride. If you are worried where to alight, just show a picture of Hatyai Municipal Park to your songthaew driver and he will alert you when he arrived. Alternatively, just standby to alight when you noticed the road sign indicating Kanchanawanich Rd where the Park is located. The songthaew will make a U-turn right in front of the park entrance before he continued his return journey. Admission is free and it is also free for all the attractions at the hill top. Another attraction - the Ice Dome is also located at one end of the foothill of the park. If you find Hatyai weather is too hot, you can visit the Ice Dome to have a feel of winter. Admission to Ice Dome is,however, charged.

The Municipal Park is not just a flat park. It is a hill that formed part of the Kor Hong mountain. The trek up the hill is quite steep.

There are 3 main attractions up the hill. At one side of the hill is a four faced Brahman shrine with many miniature elephants surrounding him while a huge sculpture of a hree faced elephant (Erawan) trumpeted enthusiastically towards Hatyai city. On top of the hill stands a tall standing Buddha ( Phra Buddha Mongkol Maharaj). At 19.9 m tall and weighing 200 tons, the imposing statue is the tallest standing Buddha in Southern Thailand. Set at the southern hill of the park is the white jade Kuan Yin Shrine and her two staturesque attendants.There is also a large Laughing Buddha nearby, reachable through the open jaws of a rather large golden cement Dragonhead, complete with large lolling golden dragon tongue. Nearby is a colourful statue of the rather fierce looking God of Business, Kwan Kung.

There is a cable car that bring you up to the standing Buddha and the Brahman shrine for about 200 bahts. When I was there it was not operational. I asked a local jogger and he said that it is easy to trek up the hill. As I was there at about 8 am, I decided to slowly walk up the hill. I followed the well maintained road that vehicles ply up the hill. It was a bit steep at the first 500 m but it was no problem for me. In fact, I found the air fresh and the atmosphere serene with all the greenery around. Half way up, I saw two cyclists halted at the roadside taking a rest. It appeared that they had problem cycling up and would have to push their bicycles up the steep road.

There were very good signboards along the way. I came up the hill from the fitness park and the first attraction I visited was the Brahman shrine. About few hundred metres from the attractions, I could hear the cracking loud burst of firecrackers. At the Brahman shrine, one visitor from Malaysia told me that he paid 200 baht for the firecrackers and set it off for good luck. I was fascinated by the enormous 3 headed elephant. It was the first time I saw such a big sculpture with 3 heads in a temple.

From the Brahman shrine, I walked for another 500 m before I reached the standing Buddha shrine. It was very windy and quiet. I was the only one walking along the road and I was a bit of scared. Nevertheless, when I reached the standing Buddha, you could see crowds of visitors mostly from Malaysia. From this hill top where the standing Buddha is, you could see the whole of Hatyai city, a good panaromic view of the city. The standing Buddha looks down at Hatyai city and giving his blessings to the people.

From this standing Buddha, I walked down a flight of stairs and reached the Kuan Yin Shrine. I took photos of the laughing buddha, the Kwan Kung statue and the Kuan Yin shrine. From the Kuan Yin shrine, I could see the golden standing Buddha looking down from the hilltop.

I walked further down and I reached the foothill of the park. There was a art gallery along the way and I went in to have a glimpse of some of the artworks.

The whole visit took me about 3 hours. The park at the foothill also has this King Rama V statue with a big pond set for visitors to peddle boats around. The place is serene and quiet and it would be a waste if you missed this Municipal Park when you are in Hatyai. You only need to spend 20 bahts for the transportation to and return. The trek up the various attractions at the hill top is interesting and worth all your time spent.
Written 26 January 2015
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Sushsf0522
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013
Cable car connects 2 temples and cost 200B per person who is non Thai. The temple up the cable car is small and there is a big elephant statue there. It is
also very noisy as firecrackers are lit. It is a better option to have a cup of coffee at the coffee shop to enjoy the view of hat yai n coffee only cost 50B.
Then you can take your car to go down to the Kuan Yin temple. The laughing Buddha is located inside the dragon head near the Kuan Yin temple.
Written 26 December 2013
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Zhing M
George Town, Malaysia103 contributions
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The view from the Four-Faced Buddha shrine (San Phra Phrom) of the city of Hat Yai is well worth the trip. A lot of people go to the shrine to pray and have their wishes answered by the Hindu god, Brahman. This shrine is similar in nature to that famous Four-Faced Buddha shrine located beside Hyatt Erawan, Bangkok.
Written 6 November 2010
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Robin C
Cheshire, UK4,432 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2014 • Friends
I reviewed this park last year but have just been to Hatyai again for a holiday. On this occasion I came across many Thai people getting exercise by cycling up the mountain to the three temples. They were on racing bikes and some were on mountain bikes, all dressed like Tour de France professional cyclists. I am not anything like as fit as them, but I have cycled the same route( but sometimes getting off at the very steep bits). This time however I was walking up with a friend and taking it easy, admiring the scenery etc.

The park is on the old road to Songkhla about 4km down the road from where you turn left out of Hatyai.
If not cycling, take a songtaow from Petkhasem Road just infront of the clock tower where many of them stop. Most of the vehicles are white minibuses on the way to Songkhla and these will also go past the park, but the touts will charge you 28 baht for this shorter journey even though it is the same cost to go all the way (about 35km) to Songkhla.
It is cheaper to get the songtao (open sided pick-up trucks) which only charge 10 baht per passenger. You will have to tell them "Pai suan sattaranaa khrap" which means "Go Municipal Park please", because most of the drivers do not understand English. The songtao or minibus will turn left just outside of Hatyai and if you look out the right side you will see mountains and first you pass by several official buildings with flags and then a golf course.
You will see a mountain with tall TV masts ontop and a big gold standing Buddha on another mountain. Just after the golf course you will see the park entrance. As you walk in there is the Ice Dome on the left. There are also many wire sculptures which are lit up at night (dragons, horses,aliens, Eiffel Tower etc). These make nice photos when you are on the way back after dark.
On the right is the large boating lake filled with carp and giant catfish. You can buy seeds to feed them or if you like you can rent a pedal boat. This is a good attraction for kids. There is also a nice walk by the lake to an island over a hanging bridge like in the Indiana Jones movies.
If you go up to the left just past the Ice Dome you will see a small fitness park. A steep road goes up to the left with signposts showing the way to the standing Buddha. You walk past a 20 metre high fence on the left (an old aviary) which looks like it was built to house a T-Rex from Jurassic Park.
If you go up the hill (to the left) you will get to the Hatyai Cable Car station. There are locals offering small birds in cages which you pay to release to gain merit. (Ploy Nok) in Thai. I saw a Chinese Thai family letting their kids release several cages full of birds, and the children loved it.
Just up the steps from here is a Hindu Brama temple with hundreds of gold elephant statues and a huge three headed elephant about as big as a dinosaur. Many people light large numbers of red fire crackers to frighten away bad luck.
Either you can take the cable car to the next hill down or you can walk to it by going down to the left along the road. This takes you to the standing golden Buddha and Thai temple. There is also a small bus like vehicle designed like a kids toy which can give you a ride if you don't want to walk. On the way there is a Planetarium on the left if you want to see an exhibition of stars etc.
The Buddha statue makes a very nice photo and from this hilltop you can see all of Hatyai and to the right the sea and Songkhla. You can also see a beautiful gold domed Mosque in the distance which is beside the new road to Songkhla. This mosque is modern as I saw it under construction about 10 years ago.
After taking your photos go down the steps directly infront of the standing Buddha and descend the hill going slightly to the left to get to the next temple which is Chinese. There is a giant statue to the left and statues of many dragons. As you turn right you will see statues of the 12 different animals for Chinese New Year (horoscope). You exit this temple through a giant mouth and outside is another Chinese temple full of Legendary Characters and with gongs and bells you can ring for good luck.
There are also some soft drink shops. Keep going downhill to get to where you started. There are hawker stalls at the side of the lake where you can get iced drinks for 15 baht, and even food if you are hungry.

To get back to Hatyai just stand outside the park entrance and wave down any songtao that passes because all of them are going back to Hatyai.(cost 10 baht). If you want to get to the centre of town ie near Lee Gardens/ MacDonalds etc. ask for "Kim Yong". This is the market just a short walk from the centre. Make sure you do not get off the Songtao too late or it will go over the railway bridge to Hatyai Nai, and you will have a long walk back. I think this is probably the best daytrip around Hatyai which you can do for only 10 baht each way. Save your money to release birds for good luck instead.
Written 9 August 2014
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